The seaplane operations on the Sabarmati and Statue of Unity are likely to begin by October 2020. Media reports said that Union Minister for Shipping Mansukh Mandviya has directed the Sagarmala Development Company Limited (SDCL) and Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) to jointly start seaplane operations. This is part of the 16 seaplane routes across the country that are likely to be made functional.
A release said that the minister had earlier held a meeting of officials of SDCL, IWAI, Ministry of Shipping as well as aviation officials. A release from the ministry said the Sabarmati and Sardar Sarovar-Statue of Unity routes have been included in the 16 seaplane route and the project will provide a fast and convenient travel option for remote and mountainous regions.
Mandviya said that the Sabarmati and Narmada Valley-Statue of Unity seaplane route will save time and boost tourism as it will provide an opportunity for an overview of the Narmada Valley and the Statue of Unity.